Beneatha's Place

7 - 10 Apr

by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Beneatha's Place

7 - 10 Apr

Director Denzel Westley-Sanderson
Choreographer Tinovimbanashe Sibanda
Set and Costume Designer Nicolai Hart-Hansen
Lighting Designer Seb Blaber
Sound Designer Beth Duke

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, Beneatha’s Place follows Beneatha Younger at two pivotal moments in her life. We meet her as a young woman moving from 1950s Chicago to Nigeria on the eve of its independence from British colonial rule, and as an academic in contemporary America, exploring the nature of identity, community and what it means to become a leader.

Read an interview with Director Denzel Westley-Sanderson here.

We don’t want to give away any spoilers for a show, but understand that some content may cause distress for audiences. If there are certain themes or content that you would find particularly upsetting, we encourage you to contact us before viewing to find out more about the show – please email boxoffice@mountview.org.uk

Beneatha’s Place contains depictions and discussion of racism and colonialism (including racist images, items and language), threat and injury (not depicted on-stage), strobe lighting, and one instance of an explosion (off-stage).

Duration: 105 minutes plus a 20-minute interval

Show programme

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Booking Info

Dates

Closed performances for academic assessment:
Wed 7 - Sat 10 Apr

Venue

Backstage Theatre, Mountview

Industry Bookings

If you are an agent, casting director or industry colleague looking to view this production, please contact Neil Rutherford, Industry Liaison Manager - neilrutherford@mountview.org.uk

Denzel Westley-Sanderson

Director

Denzel Westley-Sanderson trained at Mountview graduating in 2017, after graduating Denzel was a part of the resident directors’ pool at the Almeida Theatre. Denzel has previously worked at the Park Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Stratford East and the Edinburgh Fringe - winning the Fringe Review award for ‘Exciting New Work’. Denzel was the associate director on Equus (Trafalgar Studios) and in 2020 Denzel co-directed Jesus Christ Superstar the Concert (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Most recently Denzel was the Associate Director on Dick Whittington (National Theatre).

Tinovimbanashe Sibanda

Movement Director

Tinovimbanashe is an actor and movement artist. As an actor, she has worked in renowned venues such as Regents Park Open Air Theatre, The Barbican, Piccadilly Theatre, The Bridge Theatre, The Turbine Theatre, most recently the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre and soon to be appearing at London Coliseum. Alongside experience of ensemble, swing and dance captain work, her creative work includes movement direction for the music video Blessed for Juls curated by TEN (The Essence of Noire), Associate Choreographer for Identity (CTC Dance Company) at Theatre Peckham and her creative platform EZOMGIDO, where she focuses on creating work that combines her versatile background with her evolving artistic voice.

Nicolai Hart-Hansen

Set and Costume Designer

Nicolai works as a theatre designer in opera, dance and drama in the UK, Europe and the US. He has worked with companies and theatres such as Belarus Free Theatre, Told by an Idiot, Company of Angels, Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Court, ROH2, Lyric Hammersmith, Dane Hurst Company, Nitro Theatre Company, Rejects Revenge, Charing Cross Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The Arcola, Splitmoon Theatre, The Park Theatre and Candoco. Nicolai is represented by Rachel Daniels at berlinassociates.com

Seb Blaber

Lighting Designer

Seb is a lighting designer for theatre and attractions, He trained at University of the Arts London. His recent design credit includes, No One In This World (Bridewell Theatre), Oregano (Bridewell Theatre), Snow White (Queens Theatre), Boy (Backstage Theatre), Her Naked Skin (Backstage Theatre), Whistle Down the Wind (Minack), Jesus Christ Super Star (Regal/Minack), Paw Patrol Arena Tour - Relighter (Tour/Abu Dhabi), The Nature of Why (International tour), A Raisin in the Sun (Mountview), Jamaica Inn (Tour), PLAY (Tour), Hammer House of Horrors (Hoxton Hall), Kraftwerk: Re:werk (Tour), Virtually Dead (London/Paris) and Napoli Milionaria (Mountview).

Beth Duke

Sound Designer

Beth Duke is a theatre sound designer and composer, recent credits include: J’ouvert (Harold Pinter Theatre), One Jewish Boy (Trafalgar Studios/West End/UK tour), Scenes with Girls, Living Newspaper (Royal Court Theatre), Deathdrop (Garrick Theatre), Gentlemen, Pipeline, A Fantastic Bohemian, Lovesick (Arcola Theatre), Reimagining (Almeida Theatre), One Under with Graeae Theatre Company (Plymouth Drum/UK tour), Superstar, Anything Is Possible If You Think Hard Enough About It (Southwark Playhouse), New Views (Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre), Silence (Mercury Theatre/UK tour), Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon (Old Red Lion), Split!, Boots, Lovely & Jason, Alice, Patricia Gets Ready, Head of State, Goodbear (VAULTS Festival), Together, Not the Same (Sadler’s Wells Theatre), Queen Margaret, 5/11, Emilia (Mountview), Great Expectations (Geffrey Museum), Around the Block (Etcetera), Eros (White Bear), Breathe (Tristan Bates), Boxman (UK tour), Little Did I Know (Bread & Roses), The State of Things (Brockley Jack Studio), Katzenmusik, Hamlet (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Ulsta Americans, Hyenas (LAMDA). As associate - War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience (56 Leadenhall Street), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tobacco Factory), Apollo 13 (Original Theatre Company), Goodbear, Do Our Best (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Dust (New York Theatre Workshop).